18 May 2020
5th European Agroforestry Conference

Nuoro, Sardinia. Call for abstracts

21 September 2020
Organic World Congress 2020

20th Organic World Congress in France, September 2020



12 February 2020
Global organic area continues to grow

Over 71.5 million hectares of farmland are organic

30 January 2020
Soil analysis in organic farming and growing

EIP Soils Technical Guide No.1



21 January 2020
Organic Research Centre starts 40th year at new headquarters

ORC is now operational from Trent Lodge in Cirencester.

Research and development

Recent articles

ORC’s research programme focuses on organic/agro-ecological approaches to food and farming in order to:

    a) improve the productivity and sustainability of such approaches and to address key technical problems where current practice falls short of organic/agro-ecological principles

    b) Evaluate, with a view to improvement, the wider impacts of such systems, in particular the delivery of ecosystem services ; pollution, resource use and biodiversity impacts; greenhouse gas emissions and potential for climate change mitigation; food security, food sovereignty and sustainability of food systems; as well as food quality, safety and human/animal health and wellbeing.

ORC believes, and has demonstrated, that organic agricultural research should be conducted within established and well-functioning organic systems, on a scale large enough to include the range of interactions inherent within diverse agro-ecosystems. Much of the research we carry out is field-based on commercial farms reflecting the importance we place on a participatory/ farming systems research approach.

The research programme is co-ordinated by Dr Bruce Pearce and other members of the research team.

Research areas

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Plant breeding

Increasing resilience in crops through breeding and assessment of pure lines, landraces, variety mixtures and populations.

Soils and cropping systems

Developing systems and their components, including reduced tillage and cover crops, to make crop production more sustainable.

Agroforestry

Integrating trees with agriculture to increase productivity, biodiversity and other mutual benefits.

Biodiversity and agro-ecology

Understanding and enhancing the contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem health to sustainable food production sytems.

Livestock systems

Developing sustainable livestock systems with a focus on nutrition, health and welfare in a whole farm context.

Environment, sustainability and health

Optimising the costs, benefits and interactions of multi-functional systems to deliver sustainable resource use.

Business and markets

Assessing the contribution of specialist markets, certification and policies to supporting financial, economic and sustainability.

Food quality and health

Understanding the concepts of health in systems and organisms and how production methods can influence health and product quality.

Research events

22 February 2012 1st Solibam Stakeholder Congress: Rome event to debate role of diversity in low-input and organic systems...

Recent articles

Soil analysis in organic farming and growing: EIP Soils Technical Guide No.1 More...

Embedding cultivated diversity in society : Review paper on fostering agroecological transition by a more inclusive management of genetic resources More...

Performance and nutritional properties of minor cereals: Responses to rotational position and tillage More...

Flock Health Clubs – have they been a successful initiative?: Vets and farmers interviewed as part of iSAGE project More...

Wakelyns Agroforestry: Resilience through diversity: New Wakelyns publication and tributes to Martin Wolfe at ORFC More...

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